Tree Roots in a Toilet

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by kassapalatine, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. kassapalatine

    kassapalatine New Member

    Aug 15, 2005
    I need help !!!

    I took out the toilet sit to find roots growing in the pipe. Any body has any idea how to remove the roots. I called a plumbin company and they told me they have to tear thru the wall into the living room to go to the back of my house where the root started to grow. The cost (to tear thru), with no guarantee of fixing the problem, is over $7,000.00. Add fixing up the house, I am looking at over $10,000.00.

    Does anyone has any other altrnative way of rooting out the roots?

    I need help!!
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    In the pipe, or around the outside of the pipe and then down into the pipe? The latter is more common, and you have to cut as much of the root as possible down into the floor, and then flood the recess around the pipe with a root killer and water solution. Then fill the void with root killer crystals or salt. It is not a permanent solution, but will usually last for a couple of years before it needs to be done again. Removing the tree(s), if you can determine where the roots are coming from, is ineffective, since the roots will continue to grow for 25 years after the tree is cut down.
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